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    Get paid to be an OISS orientation leader/aide Published: Friday, 15 Mar 2013

    For the first time ever, the International Student Orientation (ISO), staffed under OISS, is PAYING $300/student for approximately 40 hours of work including mandatory training workshops and ISO shifts August 16-23.

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    OPT and CPT WEBINARS scheduled for this semester Published: Thursday, 21 Feb 2013

    Please mark your calendar! OISS is hosting several U.S. employment-based webinars (or web-based presentations) and in-person sessions this semester

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    OISS programs: Tell us how we are doing! Published: Friday, 15 Feb 2013

    OISS offers a wide range of programming for our international students and the greater campus and community. Now you have the opportunity to tell us which programs you prefer, when you want them to happen, and how you want to find out about them.

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  • The Office for International Students and Scholars honors unsung heroes who provide acts of kindness, both small and large help, to our international community from far away places. Nominations for...  
    Nominate someone for the 2013 Globie Awards! Published: Wednesday, 06 Feb 2013

    Please consider nominating someone for the 2013 annual Globie Awards! This award is given to people on our campus and in our community who have distinguished themselves by their service to international students and scholars. The Office for International Students and Scholars will honor the unsung heroes that provide acts of kindness, both small and large help, to our community from far away places.

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    Updates: Insurance waiver sessions and small business advising Published: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013

    Updates: Insurance waiver sessions and small business advising

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    Students celebrate Yalda during coffee hour Published: Friday, 25 Jan 2013

    While other tables offered different coffee varieties on simple black tablecloths, the Yalda table was festively decorated to reflect Persian traditions with purple and gold candles, and traditional food and drink such as pomegranate seeds, a specially-carved watermelon and Persian tea — all set on decorative red, blue and gold fabrics.

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    Assistance with your family's health insurance costs Published: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013

    Does someone in your family need health insurance? The MSU Office for International Students and Scholars is pleased to announce the International Family Health Insurance Award program. If selected, this award can help pay for up to 6 months of health insurance coverage for one or more immediate family members.

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    Intern @ OISS: New internship opportunity available Published: Monday, 21 Jan 2013

    OISS is accepting applications for the open position of Immigration Peer Advising Intern. Interested applicants should refer to the internship posting at http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/intern/peer.htm for more information about job responsibilitites, qualifications and application instructions.

    Tags: job  internship  
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    Building a career in today's global market Published: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013

    Building a career in today's global market.

    Tags: employment  jobs  work  workforce  experientiallearning  
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    Welcome back! A message from the OISS director Published: Monday, 07 Jan 2013

    On behalf of the staff of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), let me welcome you to spring semester 2013. MSU deeply values the presence of international students and scholars on campus and it is a privilege for our staff to assist you.

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    Funding opportunity: Apply for the Emergency Tuition Award Published: Friday, 04 Jan 2013

    All students with financial needs in the spring and summer 2013 semesters are invited to apply for tuition support through the OISS Emergency Tuition Award program. Application deadline for the spring semester is 01/15/2013 and summer semester is 05/15/2013.

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    U.S. address reporting requirements for international students Published: Wednesday, 02 Jan 2013

    According to U.S. immigration regulations, it is mandatory for international students to maintain a current U.S. address. For all semesters, including summer, MSU students must have a current U.S. residential address on file with MSU. Failure to update your address may impact your immigration status.

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    [Video] Happy holidays from International Studies and Programs Published: Thursday, 20 Dec 2012

    MSU's International Studies and Programs' holiday day video features the many ways international students bring new traditions to our campus by sharing the special performances and customs for celebrating holidays and the New Year around the world.

  • If you are planning to leave the U.S. during the break and will be returning as an F-1 student, F-1 student on Optional Practical Training (OPT) or J-1 student, please remember ...  
    Travel reminders for international students Published: Thursday, 13 Dec 2012

    If you are planning to leave the U.S. during spring break and will be returning as an F-1 student, F-1 student on Optional Practical Training (OPT) or J-1 student, please remember to get a travel signature from OISS before you depart for your trip.

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    [Blog] Final exam survival kit and tips Published: Monday, 10 Dec 2012

    Exams are here and all students are scrambling to get their last minute work done. A lot of us will sleep walk to reviews to cram information and a good number will call the main library their new home. The only thing keeping you from enjoying your winter break is the many final exams and projects that must be done this week. Here is what you should include in your survival kit and some tips so you won’t end up looking like the walking dead.

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    End of year reminders from the OISS director Published: Friday, 07 Dec 2012

    Please accept best wishes from the staff of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) as the fall semester soon comes to a close. We wish safe travels to all who journey to far off places over the coming holiday break.

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    OISS requests your help-$1,000 cash prize! Published: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012

    Tell us what you think and get a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize! Your feedback to MSU provides us information that will help us improve our assistance to you. The International Student Barometer is your opportunity to tell us what’s working, what’s frustrating, and what you think of your university experience to date.

    Tags: survey  i-graduate  
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    [Video] Student to student: Studying in the States Published: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program recently launched a video titled Student to Student: Studying in the States. This resource provides prospective and current international students with the key tips they should keep in mind in order to stay in compliance with U.S. immigration rules and ensure their time studying in the United States is a positive one.

    Tags: video  StudyintheStates  StudenttoStudent  
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    Office closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day Published: Monday, 19 Nov 2012

    The Office for International Students and Scholars will be closed on Thursday, 11/22 and Friday, 11/23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen at 8:00 AM on Monday, 11/26.

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    Winners announced: 2012 International Essay Contest Published: Friday, 16 Nov 2012

    Read the winning essays of the 10th annual International Studenr Essay Contest, sponsored by the Office for International Students and Scholars.

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